No time line for grand jury in rape

No time line for grand jury in rape


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he can’t offer a time line for when a grand jury will finish considering whether other crimes might have occurred in the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl last year.

In March, a judge convicted two Steubenville High School football players of raping the girl after an alcohol-fueled party.

A grand jury that last met in mid-August is waiting on outside forensic work before resuming its investigation into the case. One of the key issues before the grand jury is whether adults who are required to report crimes knew early on of the rape but didn’t say anything.

DeWine tells WTOV-TV he’s sorry the process is taking so long but remains committed to finding the truth and making sure it is definitive.

Chemical concern prompts evacuation


Authorities in say a roughly 20-block area of Canton was evacuated when a fire in a closed factory released potentially harmful sulfur dioxide.

Fire Battalion Chief Tom Garra says area residents were evacuated because air monitors detected sulfur dioxide at levels that weren’t life-threatening but posed health hazards. Those levels had dropped by midday Tuesday, when residents were cleared to return home.

The fire broke out Monday at a former packaging business, and responders trained to handle hazardous materials were called to the scene. Garra says white smoke released from the initial blaze indicated a possible chemical reaction or leak.

The site had been used by Convoy Containers. Its website indicates it went out of business in 2011.

Associated Press

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